Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

SC overturns govt, reinstates Verma as CBI director

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sent Alok Verma back to the CBI as chief but asked him not take policy decisions till a committee comprising prime minister, leader of opposition and the chief justice of India makes a pronouncement on his fate.

ED files fresh money laundering case against firm linked to Vadra

In fresh trouble for Congress leader Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, the Enforcement Directorate has filed a money laundering case against a firm allegedly linked to him and a few others in connection with suspected financial and other irregularities in land deals in Haryana's Gurgaon in 2008, officials said Monday.

Modi cabinet clears redrafted citizenship amendment bill

The Union Cabinet on Monday cleared the redrafted Citizenship Amendment Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the bill and it is expected to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, an official privy to the development said. The move came within hours of the presentation in Lok Sabha of a report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee examining the bill that was first introduced in Parliament in 2016.

D-Day for Alok Verma, SC verdict on his plea today

The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce on Tuesday its verdict on CBI director Alok Kumar Verma's plea against the Centre's decision to divest him of powers and sending him on leave.

The Centre had taken a decision against Verma and CBI's Special Director Rakesh Asthana after their feud become public as they made allegations of corruption against each other.

Aadhaar-driving licence linking to be must soon: Prasad

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government will soon make it mandatory for linking Aadhaar with driving licences.

"We are soon going to bring a law which will make it mandatory to link Aadhaar with driving licence," said Ravi Shankar Prasad, the minister for law, electronics and information technology at the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University.

Agri, manufacturing to push GDP growth to 7.2% in 2018-19: CSO

Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2 per cent in 2018-19, a tad higher from 6.7 per cent in the previous fiscal, mainly due to improvement in the performance of agriculture and manufacturing sectors, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said Monday.

The CSO estimate is, however, a bit lower than 7.4 per cent growth projected by the Reserve Bank for the current fiscal.

Extradite cricket bookie Chawla to India: UK court

A British court on Monday cleared the extradition of Sanjeev Kumar Chawla, a key accused in the cricket match-fixing scandal involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje in 2000, in a major boost to India’s efforts to bring back the alleged bookie to face match-fixing charges.
The Westminster magistrates’ court in London gave the go-ahead to extradite 50-year-old Chawla.

CBI may quiz Akhilesh in mining scam

The central bureau of investigation (CBI) on Monday claimed that chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s office had cleared 13 projects on a single day amid reports that the agency may quiz the Samajwadi Party leader in connection with a mining scam.

The reports also led to BSP chief Mayawati dialing the SP supremo, with whose party the BSP has entered a seat-sharing pact for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, to extend her full support. “Don’t be shaken by such gimmicks,” she told Yadav, while terming the reports as “political animosity” of the ruling BJP.

No decision on interim dividend yet: RBI

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das on Monday said the central bank has not yet decided on the interim dividend amid indications that the government has demanded an Rs 40,000-50,000 crore payout.

He was talking to reporters amid a meeting on the MSME industry. Unlike his predecessor Urjit Patel, Das met the media, answered their queries and said RBI is open to interactions and consultations with all stakeholders of the economy.

Assuring adequate need-based liquidity in the system, the governor asserted that RBI would ensure against liquidity becoming loose money.

Modi plans 10% jobs quota for upper caste poor

In what is being termed as a possible game-changer, the Narendra Modi government on Monday decided to give 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in the upper caste fulfilling a long-pending demand.